By the thousands, supporters of the billionaire gambling tycoon and former Tijuana mayor Jorge Hank Rhon took to the streets of the city’s Zona Rio district yesterday to protest his arrest on weapons charges. Acting on an anonymous tip, the Mexican Army raided Hank’s sprawling compound in the center of city early Saturday morning and found a cache of 88 weapons and over 9,000 rounds of ammunition. Although Hank is widely believed to be involved in drug trafficking, money laundering, and orchestrating the killing of crusading Tijuana journalist Héctor ‘El Gato’ Félix Miranda of the Zeta newspaper, his power and influence made him ‘an emblem of impunity in Mexico’ and seemingly untouchable. Today, federal prosecutors in Mexico City announced that they are charging Hank with possession of an illegal weapons arsenal.
A convoy of the Mexican Armed Forces patrol along Avenida Revolución, in downtown Tijuana, as a trio of banda musicians belt out a tune for passersby. ‘La Revo,’ as Avenida Revolución is known by Tijuanenses, used to be the heart of Tijuana’s tourist district, with thousands of college students flocking to the street to […]